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Deep M6.1 earthquake hits west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea at 12:52 UTC on January 16, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 408 km (253 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located about 75 km (46...

January 16, 2022

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Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai produces huge shockwave and tsunami, Tonga

A massive eruption took place at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 04:10 UTC on January 15, 2022, producing a huge shockwave and a 1.2 m (4 feet) high tsunami. The eruptive cloud is reaching an altitude of at least 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea...

January 15, 2022

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549 cities under state of emergency due to severe floods, Brazil

More than 549 cities in Brazil are now under a state of emergency due to severe floods affecting the country over the past couple of weeks. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 133 000 forced to evacuate their homes. In addition, 200 cities in the state...

January 14, 2022

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Yakutat declares disaster emergency after 1.8 m (6 feet) of snow, Alaska

The City and Borough of Yakutat in Alaska, U.S. has declared a local disaster emergency on January 11, 2022, after accumulating approximately 1.5 - 1.8 m (5 - 6 feet) of snow over the last several weeks. Yakutat is isolated and off the road system, and all local...

January 14, 2022

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China stockpiling food at historically high levels

China is stockpiling food at historically high levels and now has more than half of the world's maize and other grains. By mid-2022, the country is estimated to hold 69% of the world’s corn reserves, 60% of rice, and 51% of wheat. At the end of 2021,...

January 14, 2022

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Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Sunda Strait, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.7 hit Sunda Strait, Indonesia at 09:05 UTC on January 14, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 37.2 km (23.1 miles); EMSC M6.6 at a depth of 60 km (37...

January 14, 2022

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High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, tsunami warning issued, Tonga

Another high-level eruption started at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 15:20 UTC on January 13, 2022. A plume of gas and ash rose rapidly to an estimated height of 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level by 17:42 UTC, according to the Wellington...

January 14, 2022

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 5 - 11, 2022

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from January 5 to 11, 2022. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karangetang, Siau Island (Indonesia) | Krysuvik-Trolladyngja, Iceland | Piton de la Fournaise,...

January 14, 2022

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Fast-moving winter storm to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to Central U.S.

A strong, quick-hitting winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to the Northern Plains into the Upper and Mid-Mississippi Valley, U.S. that may cause some hazardous travel beginning Thursday night, January 13, 2022, through Friday night. The...

January 13, 2022

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Lava flow at Wolf volcano now 15 km (9.3 miles) long, Galapagos Islands

Lava flow produced by the eruption of Ecuador's Wolf volcano that started on January 7, 2022, is now 15 km (9.3 miles) long and less than 5 km (3.1 miles) from the coast. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2015 (VEI 4)1 -- it was its first eruption...

January 12, 2022

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Major power outage affects 743 000 homes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

An estimated 743 000 households in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires lost power on January 11, 2022, as temperatures soared above 40 °C (104 °F), causing peak energy consumption to cool the homes. The outage has also affected the water purification...

January 12, 2022

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Sequence of tectonic earthquakes under the summit of Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

Tectonic earthquakes are being registered beneath the summit area of Ruapehu volcano in New Zealand since December 30, 2021. While these earthquakes are uncommon, none of the monitoring data suggests that the volcano is exhibiting increased levels of activity....

January 12, 2022

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Solar Cycle 25 outrunning the official forecast

New sunspot counts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirm that Solar Cycle 25 sunspot numbers have now exceeded predictions for 15 straight months. Consequently, the geomagnetic activity is ramping up while cosmic rays reaching Earth are...

January 11, 2022

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Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. at 11:35 UTC on January 11, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 22.3 km (13.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). The epicenter was located...

January 11, 2022

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Tropical Cyclone "Cody" leaves widespread floods and infrastructure damage, Fiji

Tropical Cyclone "Cody" formed on January 10, 2022, near Fiji as the second named storm of the 2021/22 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season. Cody's center passed south of the island without making landfall, but strong winds and prolonged heavy rains...

January 11, 2022

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Cyprus

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit near the coast of Cyprus at 01:07 UTC on January 11, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.6 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles). The epicenter was located...

January 11, 2022

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Asteroid 2022 AC4 to fly past Earth at 0.24 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2022 AC4 will fly past Earth at a distance of 0.24 LD / 0.00062 AU (92 750 km / 57 632 miles) at 05:20 UTC on January 11, 2022. This is the 6th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 1. In 2021,...

January 10, 2022